So the map weaving continues. I finished what I think will be my final tests, based on the original idea for the map weaving – i.e. one large textured surface. As opposed to imposing some preplanned form onto the structure, I let this one be naturally shaped by the tension and making of the piece – so that this becomes shaped by my memories and experiences of the places.
Firstly, I re-did the weave of the sea maps:
Then, I completed a new piece (which will be shown at the pop-up show) based on my mountain memories, the ups and downs of life, the building of character…
I was really happy with the mountain map, it has come out with a lovely mix of colours and textures based on the qualities of the original maps: 9,230 square miles of UK mountain range. The shape of the weaving was done strictly on the grid (to keep the link with its origin as a grid map) but the tension changes gives it its lovely organic form. This is what I will do now as a much larger piece for the final show.
Now I know what I’m doing process wise, I can start planning out my pieces in detail. There are a number of key questions to ask now:
- Finishing: do I leave the fringes or try to remove them?
- Do I want to frame the final pieces?
- Finalising how to shape the piece – based on topology of my memories or the place?
- Keeping the decisions intentional: dictating the colour and form of the final pieces
- How important are the labels and titles?
- Do I make an accompanying essay/book/drawing to go alongside the pieces?
I know that I want it to be clear that the work is weaving, but not to make it explicitly a textile/basket form – i.e. so it just looks like a tapestry. This will be best served by covering up the fringe edges – either by process or by framing. One more test required here!
As to the shape, I need to decide what each of the pieces will be first and then plan out their shaping method and colouring pattern.
Lots to do!